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February 18, 2010

Philadelphia Restaurants Honored as James Beard Awards Semifinalists


The James Beard Award; and a dish at Bibou.

Known as the Oscars for foodies, the James Beard Foundation Awards unveiled its semifinalists today, confirming what you uwishunu readers already know: Philadelphia’s got some fantastic restaurants.

Special props to Bibou (two nominations), Tria (two nominations), Vetri (three nominations) and newcomer Koo Zee Doo (four nominations) for representing Philadelphia so tastily.

Stay tuned for the finalists (March 22) and the winners (May 3).

Full list of Greater Philadelphia semifinalists after the jump!

Outstanding Restaurateur
– Stephen Starr (Starr Organization)

Outstanding Chef
– Marc Vetri, Vetri

Outstanding Restaurant
- Vetri

Rising Star Chef of the Year
– David Gilberg, Koo Zee Doo
– Charles “Chip” Roman, Blackfish
– Lee Styer, Fond

Best New Restaurant
- Bibou
– Chifa
– Koo Zee Doo

Outstanding Pastry Chef
- Carla Gonçalves, Koo Zee Doo
– Jessie Prawlucki, Fond

Outstanding Wine Service
- Tria

Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional
– Michael McCaulley, Tria restaurants and Fermentation Schools

Outstanding Service
- Fountain Restaurant
– Vetri

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic
– James Burke, James
– Pierre Calmels, Bibou
– Terence Feury, Fork
– David Gilberg, Koo Zee Doo
– Jeff Michaud, Osteria
– Konstantinos Pitsillides, Kanella
– Michael Solomonov, Zahav

James Beard Award Chef and Restaurant Semifinalists Announced [Grub Street New York]

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